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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at New York Rangers


Dec 11, 2013


The best and worst from Nashville’s 4-1 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night:


  • Paul Gaustad had a goal and two assists, registering his first three point night since he was in Buffalo. To give Gaustad’s output some perspective, he had one less assist on Tuesday night as he did last season. Gaustad now has four goals during the 2013-14 season after having just two in his first 37 games with the team. “Goose” was also dominant inside the faceoff circle, winning 16 of 23 draws.
  • Matt Hendricks had just one point as a Predator prior to Tuesday night, but with a goal and an assist, he tripled his output. It was Hendricks’ first multiple-point night since October 22, 2011.
  • With the game-winning goal and an assist, Rich Clune finally registered his first points of the season while picking up the first multiple-point game of his NHL career.
  • Rich Clune, Matt Hendricks and Paul Gaustad contributed to two of Nashville’s four goals.
  • Carter Hutton officially broke out of his slump with what was probably his best performance of the season, saving 28 of 29 Rangers shots. In fact, the only goal Hutton allowed, he was left completely alone to defend against a brilliant move by Rick Nash. When the only goal you allow is a skill move by a scoring forward, you’ve had a good night. Hutton had a great night and deserves another start. Perhaps allowing him to sit for a while let him regain his confidence and composure.
  • Nick Spaling opened scoring with his fifth goal and tenth point of the season.
  • David Legwand quietly picked up assists 16 and 17 on the season, putting him in 27th place in the NHL in that category.
  • Shea Weber blocked 7 Rangers shots and Roman Josi blocked 5.
  • Eric Nystrom registered 7 hits.
  • Nashville killed both of the Rangers’ power play opportunities.
  • Meanwhile on CBS, Taylor Swift lit some mups.
  • With the win, the Predators ended their season high five game losing streak.
  • The Predators are now 12-1-2 when they score first, 10-0-1 when leading after one period and 10-0-1 when leading after two periods.


  • Nashville had two power play opportunities, converting on neither. The Predators have failed to capitalize on 17 straight power play opportunities.
  • Eric Nystrom seemed especially snakebit on Tuesday night, putting up four very close shots on net…but none of them went past Henrik Lundqvist.
  • NBC Sports apparently abbreviates Winnipeg as “WNP” instead of the commonly accepted “WPG”.
  • After missing Saturday’s game as a healthy scratch, Craig Smith missed Tuesday’s game, reportedly due to the flu.